July brings a new month of continued heat for those of us in the northern hemisphere, and a continued winter in the southern hemisphere.
For regular readers, it also means a shift in our prayers for our husbands (or future husbands). This month we are back to praying for his relationship with his Creator. It’s all about worship.
For those of you who are new, we are intentionally praying over 12 main areas of our husbands this year, alternating his personal needs with his relationship with Christ. We are not praying specifically for our marriages right now, but rather just for him. We know that if we have strong husbands they will be strong leaders of our families. And it is completely worth it to spend a little part of each day setting ourselves aside and praying just for him. To see how we are doing this, you may want to start at the beginning. And when you are ready, you can start at the beginning or jump right in with us. We have quite the community of prayer warrior wives (and not-quite-yet wives) following along.
(Subscribers, I am sending out bookmarks again for your daily bible reading this week, make sure to look for them.)
So far this year, we have covered:
- Praying for his heart for Jesus
- Praying for discernment and leadership
- Praying that he would be in the Word
- Praying for his career and work ethic
- Praying for his prayer life
- Praying for his physical needs
If you’re in the habit, we are now praying over our husbands daily (whether we’re married or not). For those of you just joining us, try to work out a regular schedule that you can handle, and each week add to it until you are praying daily. This is especially important for single ladies.
In today’s Christian circles, many of us tend to think of music and singing as worship. When we sing, we worship. For some, that means for 20 minutes each Sunday. Others can add their time in the car when they are listening to worship songs and singing along.
We go to church on Sundays and somewhere between Sunday school and listening to the preacher speak is this time of singing that some churches label as “praise time” and some call “worship.” Neither are incorrect. But neither are all-inclusive of their labels either.
Grab a dictionary. Or google “worship.” You’ll likely find a definition such as, the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.
Yes! Now we’re closer–feelings and expressions of reverence and adoration.
Praying For His Worship Of The King
God created a host of angels with one purpose: to worship Him. It’s that important. (Although different angels have different purposes, but that’s another article.)
Like anyone would feel good when a little child says, “I love you” or “you’re so wonderful”–the Lord wants those expressions from each and every one of us. He craves those expressions from each of His children.
He does not crave ritual. Doing a religious ceremony just for the purpose of doing it, is not what He desires. He desires heart. He would rather have your husband sit in the back pew spilling his heart and love to Jesus while sitting calmly looking around the church, than to jump up and down and sing loudly each week just because it’s that time again.
Don’t get me wrong–if your husband dances for Jesus because it’s coming from deep in his heart and soul, then the Lord loves this type of worship as well. What He craves is heart–not ritual.
A man who loves and worships Jesus (in a way that maybe only he and Jesus understands), is sure to be a blessed husband. He is more that just a scriptural leader to his family. He is more than just a rule-memorizing regulator to his wife and children. He is seeking God’s heart, acknowledging Him and praising Him when things are good, and when things are bad.
Praising and thanking God will create a man with a strong heart for Jesus. And a man with a strong heart for God will be more likely to follow promptings of the Holy Spirit than one who merely follows His commands alone.
Are you single?
Pray that God would push on your future husband’s heart over and over until He gets a pleasing response.
Pray that he is able to wake up every morning with thanksgiving in his heart.
Are you engaged?
There is no doubt right now, that your soon-to-be thinks you’re hot stuff–and he may be getting distracted. Sounds crazy, I know, but pray that Jesus continues to guard his heart at this time, and that he be able to not loose sight of praising God in all times, lest his affections decrease for God and increase for you.
Are you married?
You are probably used to seeing your husband worship regularly or you may think he doesn’t have a worshiping bone in his body.
Pray that when you are seeing worship that it be pure and from the heart–not ritual.
You may need to pray for conviction on his behalf.
Or you may want to pray that he not feel any judgement from others and he continues to praise and worship unabashedly from deep in his heart.
Remember that even though you know this man better than any other person, you don’t know him better than God does. It is possible he is full of worship and praise in his heart and you just don’t see it.
Pray that he would not feel any intimidation with expression.
Pray that he would feel your encouragement.
And if he isn’t full of any worship or praise or is too intimidated or wondering where to start, pray that God would open his spiritual eyes when He’s showering your husband with love and mercy.
Pray God would teach your husband to worship Him how He desires, and that your husband would be receptive.
I would like to encourage you once again to pray scripture over your husband. The bible is full of scripture about worship. Here are just three that I have picked out to pray over my husband this month.
- A trusting and joyful heart: Psalm 28:7
- Being all-in: Mark 12:30
- Acceptable praise: Psalm 141:2
Pick a fourth verse and pray one a week, or just pick one to pray all month. Or pick others. And if you do, please tell us in the comments which verses you’ve picked. It could really bless the other ladies.
And in keeping with tradition, I shall go first:
May my prayer be set before you like incense;
may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141:2
Lord Jesus who reigns in heaven and soon on earth; You are the Lord of my life, and my husband’s too, I know. I pray that You would continue to provide wisdom to him, that he would not stray from Your ways or Your heart. I pray his songs of praise, and the leaps inside his heart would be pleasing to You.
May the lifting of his hands be as sweet to You as the smell of evening sacrifice–a pleasing gesture. I pray he would continue to praise You at all times, in all acceptable ways, not steering toward ungodly praise.
Protect his heart and mine.
In Your Son’s Holy and precious name,
Your turn ladies. All of July, praying for his worship. Pray intentionally and regularly. And let me know how it’s going.
I’ll meet you back here the first Monday in August to check-in and start a new month.